The deadline for signing up for a pre-K program is just a week away on March 4, so time is actually running out to get your child registered for a program. It's something that every New Yorker should do today, if they have not already. It's simple and it's a game changer.
The program is historic for a multitude of reasons. The top educational minds in the country pretty much agree across the board that earlier is better when it comes to education. The sooner that child can start to acclimate to the school atmosphere and begin taking in knowledge, the better they will be in the long run.
But it's not simply the teaching that's a boon to child's development, but also the socialization aspects. Giving kids a change to learn how to act and behave around other kids while developing their social skills will surely make parenting a little easier down the road and really set kids up better for later in life.
The flexibility of the program and the service it offers parents cannot be overstated. The application process allows New Yorkers to choose a site that works best for them and their schedule and it essentially provides a free, city-regulated daycare for four-year-old child. It means that you can know the place you're leaving your child has been thoroughly inspected.
Whatever the reason for delay, it's not good enough. This is a massive resource for New Yorkers that needs to be utilized to the full extent. If you're still bullish about the program, it's time to put those concerns aside. Go out and sign your child up for universal pre-K.